Michael Owen states his prediction for Cardiff City v Man United

The former Red Devils striker is backing Manchester United to secure their first win under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Liverpool FC legend Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen is backing Manchester United to secure their first win under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff City on Saturday night.

The Red Devils parted company with Jose Mourinho on Tuesday after Manchester United lost 3-1 to Liverpool FC in the Premier League table in his last game in charge.

The Portuguese coach left Manchester United in sixth place in the Premier League table and 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea FC in the race to secure a Champions League spot.

Solskjaer has limited experience as a Premier League manager following a challenge spell in charge of Cardiff City in the 2013-14 season.

The former Manchester United striker has enjoyed great success with Molde during two different stints in charge of the Norwegian side.

BT Sport pundit Owen is backing Manchester United to ease to victory over Welsh side Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.

“Former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer begins life as United caretaker manager at Cardiff, the club who sacked him back in 2014 having failed to keep the Bluebirds in the Premier League before a moderate start to their Championship campaign,” Owen told BetVictor.

“That said Solskjaer has an excellent reputation in Norway where his Molde side finished runner up to Rosenborg this season.

“I would like to wish him all the very best for this exciting new opportunity and challenge and fully expect his United side to play with more pace and flair than has been the case in recent times. His team selection for the game at Cardiff will be significant and very interesting!

“United have lost their last three away games at newly promoted clubs – which speaks volumes in itself – but I expect them to make a winning start to life without Jose Mourinho.”

Manchester United have only managed to win seven of their 17 games in the Premier League this season to make a disappointing start to the campaign and leave the Red Devils contemplating a season without Champions League football next term.

The Red Devils managed to qualify for the Champions League knockout stage after Manchester United finished in second place behind Serie A giants Juventus.

Manchester United will take on Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16.

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